Broad patent claims over downloading/streaming of audio/video files
There are a multitude of patents that have been approved by the
US Patent Office that focus on Streaming Audio and Video. Most of
the patents are ones that are specific to how a company has created
technology. No problem with these kinds of patents. What's of serious
concern is there are a handful of patents that make very broad claims
to actually patenting the concept of digital audio/video and streaming
surfaced last year with their sights clearly set on ANY website
that utilized streaming audio and video that they need to license
their patent or stop using streaming audio/video. While Adult Content
(porn) websites are obvious choices for enforcing their patents
over distribution of digital audio/video files, including streaming
audio/video, their targets also include universities and schools.
Acacia is not
the only company holding patents and attempting to extend them into
a broader scope.
holds atleast 2 patents and are currently suing CDNow/BMG. Their
patents cover the sale of digital audio/video files over the internet.
Their patents are based on someone paying for the item, so free
downloads don't fall into their patent claims, but they could try
to stretch their patents by saying that members of a website that
pay a monthly fee could be construed as violating their patents.
USA Video is
sueing MovieLink.com and claims ownership to the idea of downloading
videos from a (web) server! More on Page 2.
will present information and news to bring attention to an issue
that affects us all. Once you understand how serious these issues
are, you may find yourself wanting to help fight against these patents.
As indiviuals, you can make a difference. You could help find the
"prior art", the evidence that proves that broad patent
claims are invalid.